Common questions

Can I exercise with a torn MCL?

Can I exercise with a torn MCL?

You can now try to stretch the knee to regain motion. Stationary cycle, swimming (flutter kick only) and the following exercise program are recommended. This handout is to help you rebuild the strength of the knee muscles after injury to the MCL of the knee.

Will a Grade 3 MCL tear heal on its own?

It is a relatively common injury in contact sports. While an MCL tear can be extremely painful, the good news is that the tear usually heals on its own after a few weeks of rest.

Can a damaged MCL heal without surgery?

While most MCL injuries can resolve without surgery, there are instances where surgery is the best treatment option. The surgery will either repair or reconstruct the MCL.

How do you treat a sprained MCP?

Finger MCP joint hyperextension injuries may be treated by gently flexing the proximal phalanx and immobilizing the MCP joint in 30° of flexion for 2-3 weeks. A dorsal extension-block splint protects the healing volar plate while allowing active flexion of the finger.

When does MCL tear require surgery?

Since Grade III MCL injuries are complete tears, the ligament is unable to heal itself and surgery is needed. Surgery may also be needed if there is any grade of an MCL tear along with other ligament issues.

Does a MCL tear heal able on its own?

While an MCL tear can be extremely painful, the good news is that the tear usually heals on its own after a few weeks of rest. While there are no figures available on how many MCL injuries occur each year, it is considered the most common type of knee injury.

Can you walk normally with a MCL tear?

Can you still walk with a torn MCL? Some individuals may be able to walk. The knee, however, can feel unstable. You may feel like the knee will lock up or buckle while trying to walk. Also, applying weight on the knee can become very painful. If you suspect a torn MCL, then you shouldn’t play or work through the pain. This may make the tear even worse.

What are the symptoms of a torn MCL?

The signs and symptoms of MCL tear depend on the severity of the injury, though the common ones include: Pain, tenderness, stiffness and swelling along the inner part of the knee. Upon injury, one might feel a pop sound in the knee.

Did I tear my ACL or MCL?

An injury to the MCL may occur as an isolated injury, or it may be part of a complex injury to the knee. Other ligaments, most commonly the ACL, or the meniscus, may be torn along with an MCL injury. In order to prevent the possibility of an MCL tear, some athletes use braces to prevent excessive force on the ligaments.

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